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Don't Let Your SSA Office Turn You Away When You Try To Apply

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Feb 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

The other day a client told me a story that was hard to believe.  He went down to one of our local Tucson SSA offices to apply for disability.  The worker he met with flat-out refused to take the application. The SSA worker told my client that because he was working part time, he was not eligible for disability benefits.  This is not true. My client was working but not making enough to disqualify him from disability benefits.

Is It That Hard To Do Your Job?

Fortunately, when my client went back a few days later, a different SSA worker took his application. I thought this was just one of those things that happens now and again. Now, I wonder.  Mary Beth Franklin, writing in the Investment News, reports that many SSA offices are refusing to take applications for certain types of retirement benefits.  Could this really be a new strategy by SSA to keep people from getting benefits they are due?   I sure hope not, but stories like this give me pause.

The bottom line here seems to be: make sure you know what benefits you are entitled to before you talk to SSA. If something seems wrong, contact me to discuss it. But do not give up when an SSA worker turns you away. It turns out, these workers may not know what they are doing. Unless, of course, they do.

Article:  Why Has Social Security Staff Been Breaking The New Law?   

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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